Eric Holden, PA-C, DHSc, EMT-P has worked in the field of emergency medicine since 1987. He started as an E.R. tech, later working in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Philadelphia as a paramedic. He has been an emergency medicine P.A. since 1996, working in California, Oregon, and Washington. His P.A. training was completed at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. He has an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters of P.A. studies degree from the University Of Nebraska College of Medicine with an emphasis in clinical emergency medicine. Dr. Holden completed his doctoral training in health science and global health through Nova Southeastern University. Dr Holden was the first PA to complete the Professional Training in Global Health course at the Oregon Health & Sciences University in 2011. He has been involved in the global health field since 2009. He frequently travels to Haiti on medical missions affiliated with the Seattle King County Disaster Team and was there with a disaster response team from NYC Medics immediately following the 2010 earthquake. He also was among the first responders with that organization to the Nepal earthquake in 2015.
His work experience includes positions in community facilities, level 1 and 2 trauma centers, and solo coverage of rural, critical access emergency departments. He is a member of state, federal, and international disaster medical teams. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA and a Senior Fellow of SEMPA. He has served on the board of the Society of Emergency Medicine PA’s and on the board of PA’s for Tomorrow. He was among the first to earn the Certificate of Added Qualifications in emergency medicine from the NCCPA. He has written numerous articles in peer reviewed medical journals. He is a regular preceptor for PA and medical students at multiple facilities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Holden’s areas of interest include global health, disaster medicine, emergency medicine, and increased PA utilization and autonomy.